Rural Dell Elementary Principal for 2015-2016
Long-time Molalla resident, Larry Conley is an experienced educational leader and Mann's selection as principal for Rural Dell Elementary. Conley will also be assigned leadership responsibilities related to district improvement efforts in curriculum and instruction.
Conley served thirteen years in the U.S. Air Force as a Russian Language Intelligence Analyst before answering the call to serve as teacher. In 2006, Conley was selected as recipient of the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. According to the Milken Family Foundation, "The award is given to top educators from across the country in recognition of their impressive achievements with students and, more significantly, the promise of what they will accomplish in the future."
As a master teacher, Conley was identified as a leader in the Woodburn School District where he drove district initiatives for several years before being selected as principal of Hartley Elementary School in the Reynolds School District. Student learning gains have been significant at Hartley under his leadership. Conley attributes those gains to the great work of great teachers.
With a Bachelor of Science from New York's Regents College and a Masters Degree from Willamette, Conley says, "I am drawn to education and to Molalla by a deep conviction that what we do matters in the lives of children."
"I can think of no other work I would rather do, or of much that rivals the sense of satisfaction that comes from seeing our children prepared to take their place in the world. I'm humbled to be a part of that work here in the Molalla Community," said Conley.
When asked why he wanted to leave a principal position in a school currently headed the right direction, Conley said, "Molalla is home! I'm excited to have the opportunity to continue the wonderful heritage of excellence that Molalla is known for, and to play a part in a system that has served my children so well. We have three MHS graduates and a fifth grader, and could not be more proud of the support our children have received."
"Rural Dell is home. I'm excited to add my time, energy and passion for providing a world-class educational experience, and I'm proud to be a Rural Dell Tiger!"